The Piedmont Laureate program is accepting applications from creative non-fiction writers of works, including biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, travel writing, and new journalism for 2024. Authors must be residents of Wake, Durham, or Orange counties.
The primary goal of the Piedmont Laureate program is “to promote awareness and heighten appreciation for excellence in the literary arts throughout the Piedmont region.” The program is dedicated to building a literary bridge for residents to come together and celebrate the art of writing, enriching the lives of all our citizens.
The program focuses each year on a different literary form. The 2023 Piedmont Laureate is spoken word poet Dasan Ahanu; the 2022 Piedmont Laureate was fiction novelist Heather Bell Adams.
The 2024 Piedmont Laureate will be selected by a committee appointed by the sponsoring agencies. The Laureate will receive a stipend of $6,000 and serve for one year (Jan.1 to Dec. 31, 2024). Laureate activities will include presenting readings and workshops, encouraging creative writing, and promoting literature at public events.
The Piedmont Laureate 2024 program sponsors are the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, and United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County.
View additional information about the program and apply online on the Piedmont Laureate website.
About Raleigh Arts
Raleigh Arts supports and promotes the arts in Raleigh by administering the City of Raleigh Arts Commission programs and the City’s Public Art and Design Board and supporting the Pullen and Sertoma arts centers. Raleigh Arts is part of the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department.